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Speaking Parts Details


"In my films, you're always encouraged to remember that you're watching a collection of designed images." Thus spake Canadian filmmaker Atom Egoyan in describing his calculatedly non-realistic style. In keeping with his earlier works, Egoyan's Speaking Parts, though grounded in reality, could never be confused with the facts of life. Arsinee Khanjian plays a near-somnambulistic maid who carries a torch for aspiring actor Michael McManus. She obsesses on McManus by renting tapes of the films in which he's appeared as a non-speaking extra. As McManus ignores Khanjian while wooing would-be filmmaker Gabrielle Rose (he wants to star in a film based on Rose's life-saving organ donation), Khanjian develops a sort of rapport with video store manager Tony Nardi, who also harbors dreams of becoming a filmmaker. The most curious (and, to some, maddening) aspect of Speaking Parts is that all the characters physically resemble one another. What this has to do with Egoyan's "message"--if any--is unclear, but it sure works towards the director's goal of assuring that the viewers are constantly aware that they're watching a movie and not Real Life. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:September 8, 1989


Awarded by
Genie Awards Mychael Danna Best Score 1990 Nominee
Genie Awards Atom Egoyan Best Original Screenplay 1990 Nominee
Genie Awards Atom Egoyan Best Director 1990 Nominee
Genie Awards Michael McManus Best Actor 1990 Nominee
Genie Awards Gabrielle Rose Best Actress 1990 Nominee


Michael McManus
as Lance
Arsinée Khanjian
as Lisa
Gabrielle Rose
as Clara
David Hemblen
as Producer
Patricia Collins
as Housekeeper
Gerard Parkes
as Father
Jackie Samuda
as Bride
Peter Krantz
as Groom
Aidan Tierney
Tony Nardi
as Eddy
Robert Dodds
as Doctor
Sharon Corder
as Hotel Manager
David McKay
as Man at the Party
Cindy Fidler
as Women at the Party
Sharon Corder
as Hotel Manager
Robert Dodds
as Doctor
David McKay
as Man at the Party
Tony Nardi
as Eddy


Atom Egoyan
Atom Egoyan
Atom Egoyan
Paul Sarossy
Mychael Danna
Composer (Music Score)
Bruce McDonald
Linda Del Rosario
Production Designer